(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame

(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame

"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "Little Sister"
Released August 8, 1961
Recorded June 25 & 26, 1961[1]
Genre Rock and roll, pop
Length 2:07
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman[1]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Wild in the Country" / "I Feel So Bad"
"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" / "Little Sister (Elvis Presley song)"
"Rock-A-Hula Baby" / "Can't Help Falling in Love"

"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" is a song recorded in a hit version by Elvis Presley and published by Elvis Presley Music in 1961. It was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and originally recorded by Del Shannon on the album Runaway With Del Shannon, which was released in June 1961.[2][3][4] The more famous and successful recording by Elvis Presley was released in August 1961. The relatively intense tune, featuring a Bo Diddley beat, performed well on both pop and easy listening stations, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 2 on the Easy Listening chart, based (at the time) on the Top 100. The single (a double A-side with "Little Sister") made No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[5]

It was covered by alternative-rock band The Smiths (as part of a live medley with their song "Rusholme Ruffians"), punk band The Misfits, the heavy-metal band Scorpions and Italian alternative-rock band Verdena, as well as Brian May. El Vez released a single version of the song, changing it slightly to "Maria's the Name (of His Latest Flame)".

It was also covered by home-recording artist R. Stevie Moore on his 1984 album Everything. In 1987 Marco T released a Spanish version of the song in Colombia. Also covered by underground L.A. band "easter", featuring members of the early punk scene with Danny Dean and Mike Ness on guitar, Chad Carrier on bass and Korky on drums, and featured on their Greatest Hits CD released in 2008, but changing the song title to "Latest Flame".

Country/Americana artist JD Myers recorded a version featuring James Burton on guitar in 1997, on the Asylum Records album Like A Train. The album never was officially released, but the song appears on the compilation album JD Myers, only available on the artist's website.[6] DJ and promo copies of the original album featuring Burton can also be found on that website.[7]


  1. ^ a b Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 62.  
  2. ^ "Recording: His Latest Flame - Del Shannon". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Runaway With Del Shannon/Hats off to Del Shannon | Del Shannon | Album". MTV. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Album Discography". Delshannon.Com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ "Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman". www.history-of-rock.com. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Store". Johndouglasmyers.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Like a Train: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

External links

  • Songs by Doc Pomus.
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Preceded by
"Walkin' Back to Happiness"
by Helen Shapiro
UK number one single
"Little Sister"/"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame"

November 9, 1961 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tower Of Strength"
by Frankie Vaughan